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GuideStone Financial Resources

Founded in 1918, GuideStone is a leading financial services provider of retirement, investment, executive benefit services, life and health plans and property and casualty insurance coverage to Southern Baptist and evangelical churches, ministries and related organizations. Based in Dallas, Texas, and operating as a church benefits board, GuideStone serves more than 250,000 participants and 50,000 organizations worldwide. As of December 31, 2020, GuideStone has $19.3 billion assets under management.

GuideStone Capital Management

GuideStone Capital Management® serves as the investment adviser to GuideStone Funds®, the nation's largest* faith-based mutual fund family with $16.3 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2020.

GuideStone Funds are actively managed and utilize a manager-of-managers approach to provide access to multiple, proven investment management firms within a single mutual fund. By combining investment strategies from these various firms — each exhibiting differentiated styles and approaches — and optimizing them in alignment with intentional risk exposures, GuideStone Funds offers the potential for enhanced diversification and expanded sources of return relative to single-manager mutual funds.

Based in Dallas, Texas, GuideStone Funds and GuideStone Capital Management are controlled affiliates of GuideStone. GuideStone Funds shares are distributed by Foreside Funds Distributors LLC, not an advisor affiliate. 

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Feb 12, 2021
GuideStone Church Retirement Plan adds additional flexibility for state convention-provided benefits

While the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed many plans, financial planning should not be something set on the back burner, especially for pastors and other church leaders.

Feb 10, 2021
South Texas church makes use of La Clave de Josué to draw members together

COVID-19 has racked the nation, and Texas’ Rio Grande Valley has been among the hardest hit. Many churches have faced dwindling attendance and giving as members suffer from the pandemic’s effects on their health and livelihood.

Jan 28, 2021
GuideStone announces release of its Ministers’ Tax Guide

GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2021 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2020 Returns prepared by Richard Hammar, available now for GuideStone participants at GuideStone.org/TaxGuide.

Jan 6, 2021
January is a smart time to consider investment goals, risk tolerance

With uncertainty, and with it market volatility, on the horizon for 2021, now is a great time for retirement plan participants to consider their risk tolerance and consider their retirement asset allocation.

Jan 6, 2021
New COVID-19 relief legislation includes provisions for churches, ministries

Legislation signed late December 27 by President Donald Trump includes provisions that could assist churches and ministry organizations, including additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as direct payments to some taxpayers.

Dec 17, 2020
GuideStone Year in Review: Hawkins announces transition, Mission:Dignity records

While 2020 has been unprecedented on so many levels, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said the year has held its share of blessings for the ministry and its participants.

Dec 14, 2020
GuideStone Capital Management named a Best Place to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments

GuideStone Capital Management, LLC® was recognized today by Pensions & Investments as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Money Management.

Dec 7, 2020
GuideStone presidential search committee welcomes additional recommendations.

GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins asked trustees to begin the process of identifying his successor in September.

Nov 23, 2020
Mission:Dignity Gifts to Be Matched up to $400,000 on #GivingTuesday

Gifts to Mission:Dignity® will be matched for those giving during the annual #GivingTuesday emphasis on December 1.

Nov 16, 2020
The 13th Mission:Dignity Check

How a Partnership with the South Carolina Baptist Convention Provides Additional Help

Oct 13, 2020
Asian American leaders learn how GuideStone serves churches

Leaders of the various Southern Baptist Asian American organizations met virtually with GuideStone® leaders Thursday (October 8) for a time of conversation and fellowship.

Oct 13, 2020
Don’t neglect your financial needs, Georgia pastors encouraged

While acknowledging no minister of the gospel ever truly retires from service to the Lord, every pastor should consider how to prepare for his vocational retirement and the ministry God may have in his latter years.

Sep 28, 2020
GuideStone trustees hear reports, vote to establish presidential search committee; no timeline for Hawkins to retire

At the request of GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins, trustees have appointed a search committee to begin considering a new president for the organization.

Aug 10, 2020
New language, same biblical truth: best-selling The Joshua Code now available in Spanish

The book, which has sold well more than a quarter of a million copies, was reintroduced this summer in Spanish.

Jul 1, 2020
Ensuring Diversity, Quality Key Goal for GuideStone

Kasan Boyd is no stranger to GuideStone’s employees and leadership. A 14-year veteran of GuideStone®, Boyd knows the organization’s needs thoroughly.

Jun 17, 2020
As churches reopen, GuideStone makes resources available to help with a safe return.

As churches begin reopening across the country, they are working to find the best ways to address a new challenge: how to maintain social distance while bringing back programming that is helpful for members, families and the community.

Jun 16, 2020
GuideStone Statement on Racial Justice

As an organization, GuideStone® anchors to the Bible, God’s infallible Word, and turns to it for guidance.

Jun 10, 2020
GuideStone announces new chief insurance officer.

Dr. Chu Soh, a long-time health care industry executive and retired Air Force officer, has joined GuideStone® as chief insurance officer.

Jun 8, 2020
President Trump signs bill authorizing flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program.

President Donald J. Trump signed a bill Friday, June 5, that will offer small businesses — including churches and ministries — that received Paycheck Protection Program loan money additional flexibility.

May 12, 2020
As churches begin to reopen, steps to address or consider before you gather

While the vast majority of churches quickly closed their doors through March, April and early May, the startup for churches may be a bit slower.

Apr 30, 2020
GuideStone Vision 20/20 efforts helped prepare for economic downturn.

The guiding principles placed GuideStone® on a strong footing to weather the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 29, 2020
Mission:Dignity Sunday Moving to August 30

Mission:Dignity® Sunday, set each year by the Southern Baptist Convention for the fourth Sunday in June, is moving for 2020 only to the last Sunday in August due to lingering effects of COVID-19.

Apr 24, 2020
Congress adds funding to Paycheck Protection Program, other relief efforts.

President Trump signed legislation that provides additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program.

Apr 15, 2020
GuideStone invites pastors, church leaders for a COVID-19 webcast.

With the COVID-19 crisis impacting the global economy, and with it the budgets of churches and ministries, GuideStone® will host a webcast on Tuesday, April 21, to discuss the implications for churches.

Apr 7, 2020
GuideStone will cover in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 treatment at no cost for claims through May 31.

Participants in GuideStone’s U.S.-based Highmark BCBS health plans will be able to receive physician-ordered, in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 treatment at no cost for claims incurred through May 31, 2020.

Apr 1, 2020
GuideStone to offer one-time option to change health coverage during 2020

GuideStone® is offering a one-time opportunity for both Group Plans and Personal Plans to step down to a lower-cost health care plan for the remainder of 2020.

Apr 1, 2020
Disaster Loan Assistance loans from Small Business Administration available to churches

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans will be available to churches and ministries.

Mar 31, 2020
History has its own way of often repeating itself.

Each day brings news of the market up one minute and down the next; record losses one day and record gains the next.

Mar 30, 2020
How to Care for Those Most At-Risk Right Now

4 Ways to Support Vulnerable Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 27, 2020
COVID Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package makes churches eligible for relief.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package (also referred to as the CARES Act) signed into law today by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors

Mar 19, 2020
GuideStone waives telemedicine co-pays for 90 days for members in health plans.

Telemedicine has proven to be an effective way to seek medical attention during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Mar 11, 2020
GuideStone statement on COVID-19

GuideStone Financial Resources® continues to monitor the developments around the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

Mar 9, 2020
GuideStone statement on market volatility

Worldwide markets have remained highly volatile in March as the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has continued its spread through Asia, Europe and the United States.

Mar 3, 2020
GuideStone trustees elect first African-American woman trustee chair; hear reports during winter meeting.

For the first time in the 175-year history of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of its historic boards will have an African-American woman trustee chair.

Feb 25, 2020
Despite market volatility, GuideStone recommends retirement investors focus on long-term objectives

While the market moves and minute-by-minute headlines on cable news and social media can be alarming.

Jan 29, 2020
GuideStone announces release of its Ministers’ Tax Guide.

GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2020 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2019 Returns

Jan 22, 2020
Stock market highs a good time to take a look at portfolio, ensure proper diversification

Markets continued their winning ways last week, closing at or near record highs.

Dec 18, 2019
GuideStone applauds tax-policy deal that would repeal parking tax

The deal moves to the Senate, where there is cautious optimism it will pass and then be forwarded to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Dec 13, 2019
Statement by Dr. O.S. Hawkins on passing of former Annuity Board President Dr. Darold H. Morgan

Former Annuity Board, now GuideStone Financial Resources, President Dr. Darold H. Morgan passed away December 11. He was 95.

Dec 9, 2019
GuideStone Capital Management named one of Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management

GuideStone Capital Management® was recognized as a winner in the 2019 Best Places to Work in Money Management awards announced by Pensions & Investments today.

Oct 28, 2019
Secure Health marks second year of re-enrollment.

January 2020 marks the second full year GuideStone® participants can select Secure Health® 3000 as their health plan.

Sep 30, 2019
Annual Employee Benefits Summit covers wide-ranging topics for behind-the-scenes church, ministry employees.

Sep 12, 2019
The Johnson Ferry Legacy Tree is a gift to Mission:Dignity recipients.

Have you tried purchasing a gift for someone who has less than enough to make ends meet and yet insists on the gift going to someone more worthy?

Sep 5, 2019
GuideStone highlights compensation planning resources

As many churches enter budget season, they are seeking ways to stretch limited budget dollars to cover a myriad of good and God-honoring goals, including Cooperative Program giving and outreach in their local community.

Aug 1, 2019
GuideStone trustees celebrate Year of Harvest, respond to motion from SBC

GuideStone Financial Resources® trustees met in regular session July 29–30 to hear reports from the GuideStone® executive leadership team and staff about the ministry’s key lines of business.

Jul 18, 2019
FACT SHEET: July 2019 Affordable Care Act Updates

We want to update you on recent legal and regulatory activity related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), church plans and group health plans.

Jun 24, 2019
Stock market highs time to look at portfolio, ensure proper diversification.

Markets continued their record-setting ways, setting new, all-time highs again in June. Stocks are generally buoyed by strong economic reports in relation to employment, wages and consumer sentiment.

Jun 20, 2019
Blessed to Serve, Inspired to Give Back

Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown, Virginia, has long been missions-oriented, but a trip to the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix put Mission:Dignity® on their radar.

Jun 18, 2019
Minister’s Housing Allowance Case Over for Now; Remains Constitutional

Litigation challenging the constitutionality of the minister’s housing allowance has formally ended after the Freedom From Religion Foundation chose not to appeal a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Apr 9, 2019
One Day and One Dollar at a Time

Rick and Betty Hall, who live in a modest mobile home in central Alabama, have a multitude of stories about the small churches they served throughout the eastern part of the state over the course of three decades.

Mar 18, 2019
Good news: Seventh Circuit panel rules unanimously to uphold constitutionality of minister’s housing allowance.

A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the minister’s housing allowance is constitutional under two landmark legal precedents, reversing a lower court’s ruling that declared the minister’s cash housing allowance unconstitutional because it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Mar 15, 2019
Code book series surpasses one million sold with all author royalties benefitting Mission:Dignity.

The Code book series by GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins has officially sold more than one million copies since the publication of The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know in 2012 and will soon pass 1.5 million copies sold.

Mar 14, 2019
GuideStone webcast focuses on protecting children, responding to reports of abuse.

Protecting children, youth and other vulnerable populations — as well as responding well to reports from victims of abuse in churches and ministry organizations — will be topics covered during a free upcoming webcast sponsored by GuideStone®.

Mar 11, 2019
Refinitiv Lipper Award for Best Overall Fund Family for 2019 goes to GuideStone Funds.

GuideStone Funds® was awarded the Lipper Fund Award from Refinitiv — formerly presented by Thomson Reuters — as the Best Overall Small Fund Family for 2019 on Thursday, March 7.

Mar 7, 2019
GuideStone trustees hear reports during winter meeting.

After marking the GuideStone Financial Resources® centennial anniversary in 2018 and executing a successful move to new leased office space, the ministry continues forward, focusing on the harvest the Lord has provided in 2019 and beyond, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins told trustees.

Jan 31, 2019
GuideStone announces release of its Ministers’ Tax Guide.

GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2019 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2018 Returns

Dec 21, 2018
Fed does not deliver on market’s desire for a dovish rate hike.

Financial markets continued to retreat in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent, to a range of 2.25 and 2.5 percent.

Dec 17, 2018
Recent market volatility expected; GuideStone encourages retirement investors to focus on long-term goals

GuideStone Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term investment objectives and not allow dramatic headlines to prompt investors to make impulsive decisions.

Dec 13, 2018
GuideStone reflects on God’s provision in centennial year; looks with expectancy to second century of service.

In January, at the start of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention’s centennial anniversary, O.S. Hawkins declared 2018 the Year of New Beginnings.

Nov 8, 2018
Mission:Dignity gifts on #GivingTuesday can be doubled thanks to generous donors.

#GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity®, the GuideStone® ministry for retired Southern Baptist ministers and their widows near the poverty line, will be effectively doubled thanks to generous donors who have offered $250,000 in matching gifts.

Oct 30, 2018
Oral arguments made in appeal of minister’s housing allowance case

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation presented oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (October 24), considering the constitutionality of the minister’s housing allowance.

Oct 23, 2018
Increased benefits in store for GuideStone’s health plans in 2019.

Consultations with doctors through telemedicine will be available at no out-of-pocket charge for the majority of participants in GuideStone’s health plans in 2019.

Oct 22, 2018
Increasing volatility not a time for panic for long-term investors

Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika said that stock market volatility is a very common and normal occurrence.

Sep 26, 2018
GuideStone celebrates first P&C insurance church in Louisiana.

Representatives of GuideStone® honored First Baptist Church of Norco, Louisiana, as it became the first property and casualty insurance customer served by the Southern Baptist entity in the state of Louisiana.

Aug 21, 2018
GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower.

Reflecting on the number of days GuideStone® has served hundreds of thousands of participants, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins noted that August 20, 2018 — the first day at GuideStone’s new home — was a momentous one.

Aug 9, 2018
GuideStone trustees mark centennial anniversary, hear reports

GuideStone Financial Resources® trustees gathered July 30–31 in regular session to hear reports from the Guidestone® executive leadership team and staff about the ministry’s key lines of business.

Aug 8, 2018
Final judgment entered in GuideStone litigation that went to Supreme Court

Aug 8, 2018
GuideStone marks start of its second century

Growing and going has been part of the GuideStone® story now for 100 years. The growth has been focused to provide the products and services that churches and ministries need.

Jul 12, 2018
Tariff concerns garner headlines; long-term investors should focus on objectives

Talk of tariffs and a trade dispute have added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but will likely have little impact on long-term investors.

May 29, 2018
Mission:Dignity seeks out eligible recipients.

The GuideStone® ministry is searching for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows who need financial assistance.

May 29, 2018
Small but Powerful

When the South Gate Baptist Church Girls in Action (GA) group decided to focus on Mission:Dignity® for their Christmas in August project, most of the members had never heard of the ministry that helps retired SBC ministers, workers, and their wives or widows.

May 21, 2018
Trusting in His Provision

No matter how little they might have appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can’t outgive the Lord.

May 14, 2018
GuideStone announces launch of new lower-cost Secure Health plan

Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for themselves, their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer.

Mar 21, 2018
GuideStone, ministries it serves, receive permanent injunction, protecting from contraceptive mandate, penalties

An Oklahoma federal court issued a permanent injunction Thursday (March 15), prohibiting the federal government from enforcing the contraceptive mandate issued by the Obama Administration in 2013.

Mar 5, 2018
GuideStone trustees elect new chair, vice chair, hear ministry reports during winter meeting

GuideStone Financial Resources® President O.S. Hawkins told trustees that 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ministry — was a year that GuideStone® employees would take a glance to the past but would remain focused on the future of the ministry.

Feb 12, 2018
Pastors encouraged to participate in biennial church compensation survey

Feb 8, 2018
GuideStone offers single-staff churches solutions in the health care marketplace

Continued uncertainty in the health care marketplace with the repeal of the individual mandate coming in 2019 and reductions in the number of individuals served by the health care exchanges has some pastors and ministry workers wondering about health care options this year.

Jan 29, 2018
Stock market highs may be followed by volatility in coming months

As stock markets continue their record-setting ways, it’s important to remember, as Wall Street wisdom reminds: “Trees don’t grow to the sky.”

Jan 9, 2018
GuideStone announces relocation to new office space in Dallas; current headquarters building sold.

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention® will relocate in late summer 2018 to 115,000 square feet of new leased offices at Pinnacle Tower.

Jan 3, 2018
GuideStone's 2nd Annual Employee Benefits Summit Slated for March 26–28

Key ministry decision makers, along with human resources professionals and financial officers of churches and ministries, are invited to register for the second annual Employee Benefits Summit, March 26–28 in Dallas.

Jan 2, 2018
2017 in review

GuideStone reflects on first century of ministry, looks forward with expectancy to second century of service

1918
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400+
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Assets under management
50k
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250k
Participants in all 50 states and around the world
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*As of December 31, 2020, GuideStone Funds® has $16.3 billion in assets, which makes GuideStone Funds the nation’s largest faith-based mutual fund family. No other faith-based fund family exceeds GuideStone Funds in asset size.